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North Korea: where to now?

By Ron Huisken A growing list of observers contend that North Korea is now out of reach, that its nuclear program is irreversible and that the smart option is to accept this fact and...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman and Harley Comrie The beat Afghan police under attack The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on the police headquarters and training college in Gardez, the...

Our US alliance needs a strong Australian voice

By Gai Brodtmann Since the election of Donald Trump, the calls have raged in some quarters of Australia for Australia to abandon the US alliance. It is an alliance of more than 65 years...

After 4000 Years, China Eyes Truly Global Role

By Colin Clark WASHINGTON: The president of China, seeming to cast aside the better part of four millennia of Chinese tradition, declared today that he sees “a new historic juncture in China’s development,” one...

Leadership in Asia: don’t count the US out

By Tom Switzer America, the pundits keep telling us, is failing to exercise leadership in Asia. Crippled by a crisis of confidence and distracted by an erratic and bizarre president, Washington seems adrift and...

Australia’s new investment in health security

By Julie Bishop Health security threats are emerging at an unprecedented rate. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Zika underscore the need for improvements in a country’s capacity...

The US thinks about space warfare

By Malcolm Davis The last couple of weeks have been big ones for space in the US. Vice President Pence chaired the newly re-formed US National Space Council, the peak body for charting US...

What is military-to-military engagement good for?

By Evan Laksmana In recent weeks, there has been a debate over the value of military education and training assistance provided to Southeast Asian states. The debate follows the UK’s recent suspension of education...

Growth without industrialisation?

By Dani Rodrik Despite low world prices for the commodities on which they tend to depend, many of the world’s poorest economies have been doing well. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth has slowed precipitously since...

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